Donnelle Ali Taufaao, a 20-year-old Samoan man, was shot and killed Saturday, March 17, in the 600 block of East University Drive in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Taufaao was standing outside a strip mall liquor store around 9:45 p.m. when a car drove up and he started talking to the man inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
“The conversation got heated, and the witnesses said they could see it going sideways. They ran inside the liquor store, heard the shots and then came out and saw the victim on the ground,” Alfred said.
Taufaao was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The coroner’s office said Taufaao was from Lynwood, but investigators think he most recently was living near where he was shot.
The gunman, described only as a Latino adult, drove ...
Franklin Bamba Atoigue, a 46-year-old Pacific Islander, died Friday, Oct. 6, after he was shot in the 23500 block of Panama Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Atoigue was visiting friends in Carson and they were hanging out in the garage when someone knocked on the door at 5:35 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
When Atoigue opened the door, someone outside opened fire, striking him in the torso, Mendoza said.
Atoigue was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter fled on foot, Mendoza said. Investigators don’t have a description of the gunman or a motive for the shooting, although they say it does not appear to be gang-related.
Atoigue was born in Guam and moved to California with family in 1981 ...
Robert Lee Santos, a 69-year-old man of Filipino and Chinese descent, died on Sunday, April 30, after he was stabbed in the 3700 block of East 53rd Street in Maywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Santos had brought his two school-aged children to visit with their mother, his ex-girlfriend Lilian Avila, at her home in Maywood about 6 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The two started talking on the porch of the home where Avila lived with other family members, and they got into an argument, Mendoza said. At some point, Avila pulled out a small knife and stabbed Santos at least once in the torso, Mendoza said.
Members of Avila’s family drove Santos to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Avila, a 35-year-old Latina ...
Jacob Howard, a 72-year-old Native American man, was fatally stabbed, Monday, Sept. 19, in the 1400 block of 3rd Street in Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
About 2 a.m., Long Beach police were called to a residence where a man had been stabbed, according to a news release. Officers found Howard suffering from a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital, the release said, but he died at 2:49 a.m., according to coroner's records.
Detectives arrested Howard's roommate, 52-year-old William Wilson, on suspicion of murder. On Sept. 22, Wilson was charged with one count of murder, according to prosecutors.
The criminal complaint also stated Wilson was previously convicted of grand theft auto in 2003 and unlawful driving of a vehicle in 2003 and 2004.
Wilson is scheduled to return to ...
Washi Uddin Ahmed, a 55-year-old man of Middle Eastern descent, was fatally stabbed Friday, March 25, in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Valley Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:15 a.m., Ahmed and his wife were working at a 7-Eleven when a man in his 40s walked in, grabbed a Mickey’s and a hot dog and started to leave, said Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman confronted the thief in the parking lot, who “shanked her multiple times,” then stabbed her husband when he came outside to check on his wife, Jenal said. The attack was caught on video.
Police were called and found the attacker walking down the street with the drink and the hot dog, Jenal said.
Ahmed and his wife were taken to a hospital, where Ahmed was pronounced dead. His wife ...
William "Junior" Huluhold-Greathouse Fifita, a 20-year-old man of Tongan descent, was shot and killed Sunday, March 20, near West Rosecrans Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fifita and three friends attended a church dance in Torrance that evening and stopped for a meal at Fabulous Charbroiled Burgers at 3301 Rosecrans Ave. before heading home about 2:15 a.m., said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
A few blocks away from the burger restaurant, Fifita stopped at Crenshaw Boulevard and was about to make a left turn when another car pulled up on the right side, Jauch said. One or more people inside began shooting.
Fifita and his two male friends in the backseat were struck multiple times, Jauch said. A female in the front passenger seat was uninjured.
The car rolled to a parking lot at the ...
Abdulahim Halim Mustafa, a 31-year-old Vietnamese man, was found with gunshot wounds Monday, Jan. 11, near South Park and West Franklin avenues in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:30 p.m., the Pomona Police Department received a call of a person shot in the area, according to a news release from the department. Officers arrived and found Mustafa suffering from gunshot wounds.
Mustafa was pronounced dead at the scene. According to coroner’s records, Mustafa was shot by someone who drove by in a car.
Habte Keleta, a 57-year-old man, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, after he was beaten in the 2800 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in West Adams, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 19, Keleta was working at a tobacco shop when a man walked in and began to beat him, LAPD Det. Dave Garrido said.
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Dec. 4, 11 a.m.: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Keleta was shot. Keleta died of blunt force trauma.
Keleta got a replica handgun, but the suspect took it away and continued to beat him. The suspect took “property” from the area, and fled. Garrido would not say what was taken, citing the pending investigation.
Keleta was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:50 a.m. on Nov. 24, according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information ...
Sialeuvea Sitani, a 17-year-old boy of Samoan descent, died Sunday, Nov. 1, after he was shot in the 16100 block of Bellflower Boulevard in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Sitani was standing by the entrance to a trailer court on Bellflower Boulevard about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, when a car drove up and a passenger inside began shooting, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Victor Lewandowski.
The gunfire struck Sitani multiple times, Lewandowski said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Sitani was a resident of Bellflower, but Lewandowski said he wasn’t near his home when he was shot. The youth was alone when he was shot, Lewandowski said, and it’s not clear why he was on the busy street, lined ...
Adrian Shije, a 17-year-old American Indian, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 20, near West Avenue 28 and Barranca Street in Lincoln Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 2 p.m., residents in the area heard gunshots, said Los Angeles Police Department Det. Jose Ramirez. People walked outside and found Shije in the intersection suffering from gunshot wounds.
Paramedics took Shije to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:28 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Ramirez said that police are looking for anyone who might have been in the area at the time.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hollenbeck Division detectives at (213) 342-8964. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Almicar Ponce Jr., a 21-year-old Native American, died Tuesday, June 23, after he was shot in the 4200 block of Wall Street in Historic South-Central, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on June 21, Ponce was standing on the sidewalk in front of a home when two vehicles drove up, said LAPD Det. Richard Arciniega. A person from each vehicle opened fire. A bullet struck Ponce in the head.
Ponce was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead two days later, on June 23, at 8:45 a.m.
Detectives are still trying to determine a description of the vehicles involved, Arciniega said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Newton Division homicide detectives at (323) 846-6556. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Tommie Cheatham, an 18-year-old black and Latino man, was found dead Monday, April 6, in the 800 block of West 101st Street in Vermont Vista, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9 p.m., Cheatham was found in the driveway of a home with stab wounds, said LAPD Det. Rick Gordon.
Cheatham was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:17 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Police are looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-1383. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.